Saturday, September 24, 2016

9 Essential Digital Skills for the 21st Century Teacher

"Become a Better Version of You with Proverbs That Can Easily be Put Into Practice"
Janet Adams M.A. 

Proverbs 3:1-3
"My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.  Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man."  

My 8-year old granddaughter glanced at me across her kitchen table,  "Hey, do you know that I have 9 character traits?  Want to know what they are?"  

"Sure."  I held up nine of my fingers and she carefully named them and explained to me each one with her life examples.   Little did I know, that this was September 22 and her school celebrated "Character Day".  What an awesome teacher she has to take the time to pinpoint character traits in each one of her 3rd-grade students. Taryn, was thrilled to share each one with me.    Thank you, Ms. Franz.  

That very same day my email inbox led me to an article,  "9 Essential Digital Skills for the 21st Century Teacher."  These were not character traits, but technology skills.   I tapped the article and leaned into that space with anticipation.  I held up my fingers again and as I read the skills,  I was short a few skills.   This article is so good I have to share.  The skills are easy to put into practice today.   

EdTech Team. "9 Essential Digital Skills for the 21st Century Teacher." ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. N.p., 9 Sept. 2016. Web. 24 Sept. 2016.

"In a digitally focused world, education is getting more and more digitized pushing us, teachers and educators, to re-conceptualize what it really means to be a teacher in the 21st century. Whether you are a technological determinist or instrumentalist, technology has become an essential force shaping much of our teaching and pedagogical practices. It has also placed a number of demands and exigencies on us and to meet these exigencies we need to develop a set of key digital skills. In the chart below, we cited 9 digital skills that we believe are fundamentally important for any teacher.  The EdTech Team

Digital SkillsTools
1. Record and edit audio clips
Sound Cloud
2. Create annotated, interactive and engaging video content
YouTube Video Editor
3. Create visually engaging content
Google Draw
4. Use social networking websites to create PLNs, connect , discover new content, and grow professionally
Google Plus
5. Use blogs and wikis to create participatory spaces for students
6. Use social bookmarking websites curate and share resources with your class
7. Create engaging presentations
Google Slides
Haiku Deck
Zoho Presentation
8. Create digital portfolios
Google Sites
9. Create non-traditional quizzes

Friday, September 9, 2016

To Teach the Inexperienced the Ropes: Podcasts

Winning photo by Dave Dinette Giant Forest, Ca

ClassroomWise will begin each post with a proverb or a wise quote.

Proverbs 1 is a good start.  (the entire chapter)

From BibleGateway:
These are the wise sayings of Solomon, David’s son, Israel’s king— Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it’s going; A manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair; To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality. There’s something here also for seasoned men and women, still, a thing or two for the experienced to learn— Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. ...

To Teach the Inexperienced the Ropes

Janet Adams M.A. 

During the start of 2016,  I thought I would begin a journey in finding a mentor or mentors who have already been there and done that.  Someone who is unbiased and willing to share the brutal facts because they are not my boss or not my close family.  They would have a whole different network of contacts and connections that I don't.  Most importantly, it would be the best free service I could ever get.

I began to discover podcasts. People from all walks of life, interests, and ideas who are willing to share.  The variety of content is astounding and the selection continues to grow. The talent base is amazing and the connected car is here. An estimated 57 million Americans, or 21% of the U.S. population, listen to podcasts regularly. (Chris Giliberti, Chief of Staff, Gimlet Media)

This American Life hosted by Ira Glass was my first introduction to listening to a well-produced podcast. I was on a long road trip from California to New Orleans, LA and my Air Force-pilot-son hooked up his iPhone and dialed into the program. The hours and miles flew by and from that trip experience, I became a podcast listener.

However, my search this year was different. I wanted to find people that could add value to my life. People that have already crashed, burned and figured out how to do it better. Many podcasts invite guests to share their stories sprinkled with questions and advice. I am usually driving or cooking and not able to take notes while listening. No problem because the podcast will include "show notes" that can be viewed later on in iTunes.

3 Easy Steps

1.  Just like magazines, you subscribe to Podcasts.  The individual shows can be downloaded and you can also "like" one that you want to listen too again.  Each podcast also has a "share" button so I sometimes text or email a colleague to take a listen or to myself to save to the file on my computer.

2.  If you already have iTunes on your computer, searching for podcasts and subscribing will be easy.  If not, download iTunes.  On my iPhone, I use the app, "Podcast".  All smartphones will have multiple options.   The platforms usually sync with each other.  Here is Apples quick instruction guide.

3.  Downloading the latest episodes and syncing your phone can take a few minutes.  I usually do not do this and will hook my phone up to my car's Bluetooth and I am good to go and on the road.  A friend shared with me if you want to listen to the guest speaker faster, there will be a small symbol that shows a"1X".  Click on that icon and it should rotate through different playback speeds.  Please, not while you are driving.

So far this year, my podcast favorite hosts and their guests have been my coaches, my connectors, my cheerleaders and my challengers. I know that we have not met face to face, but that is OK.  My subscribed shows are an amazing way to grow me in new perspectives on education, life, faith, and leadership. With a little exploration, you’ll soon have a library of subscriptions of your favorites that go wherever you go.  There’s something here also for seasoned men and women, still, a thing or two for the experienced to learn— Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. ...

Janet Adams M.A.

My Mentors

On Leadership:  

On Faith:  

Tips for Teachers  Apple in Education

Education Leadership Summit  Apple in Education

Faculty Speaker Series  Apple in Education

Teaching with iPad  Apple in Education

School Profiles  Apple in Education

TED Radio Hour

On Great Stuff: 

StartupCamp (Marketing)